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Formerly known as Read It Later, the new Pocket is the ultimate digital bookmarking service Pocket - The Ultimate Digital Bookmarking Service Pocket - The Ultimate Digital Bookmarking Service As Bakari previously reported, the well loved Read It Later - which enabled users to save articles to read later from a bookmarklet or various apps it was integrated with - was discontinued and replaced... Read More out there. While its mobile apps are fantastic to do your reading, saving and organizing is best left to your web browser. Let’s find out how to boost your Pocket experience with the right web apps and extensions.

In case you weren’t aware, Pocket is now integrated into Firefox, so you don’t need a separate extension for it. However, the bulk of good Pocket extensions is still on Google Chrome.

Still, irrespective of extensions, you can still do a lot with Pocket.

Built-in Pocket Tricks You Should Be Using

Keyboard-Shortcuts

The first step to getting better is to learn keyboard shortcuts in web-based Pocket Pocket For Web Gets Redesigned, Adds Keyboard Shortcuts Pocket For Web Gets Redesigned, Adds Keyboard Shortcuts The Web version of the Pocket app just got a major update that includes a few redesigned elements, new features and under-the-hood tweaks that improve the speed of downloading lists and loading images. Read More . It can be difficult at first, but knowing these shortcuts will help you get better at quickly saving a link, browse through your saved articles easily, and toggle settings while reading. The full list of keyboard shortcuts can be intimidating if you are new to it, so work your way up after starting with the basics:

  • “a” for Archive
  • “f” for Favorite
  • “g then b” for Bulk Edits
  • “Command/Control and +” for increasing text size
  • “Command/Control and -” for decreasing text size
  • “o” to View Original Web Page

Archiving is perhaps the most important step in Pocket that several people don’t use. By default, the Pocket app on Chrome or your mobile downloads an article for offline viewing. Once you are done reading, archive the article to delete the downloaded content. This frees up space, but you don’t lose the link itself. That is stored safely in your Pocket Archives.

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Why Pocket Premium is Worth It

Pocket-Premium

If you use Pocket regularly, consider the $44.99 per year Pocket Premium plan. You can try it out for a month too. Pocket Premium has a permanent library, which stores anything you bookmark even if the original page is taken down — which happens quite often as websites change their URL patterns or update an article which breaks the link.

Pocket Premium also gives you suggested tags, so that your library is maintained better and you can browse or search more easily. And the best part? You can search based on tags, authors, and even through the text of your articles, not just the headlines. Brilliant.

We hope you grabbed it in the greatest productivity pack deal ever This Might be the Best Productivity App Deal, Ever This Might be the Best Productivity App Deal, Ever Read More , but if not, here’s hoping that deal comes back. Don’t think twice at that point!

Web Apps to Make Pocket Better

Your Pocket experience is only made better with the Internet. Some developers have come up with simple web apps that add small but useful functions to your reading list.

Read-Ruler

Read Ruler: How much time will an article take to read? Find out at Read Ruler, which auto-categorizes your reading list by time. By default, it’ll use the standard 250-words-per-minute average speed of humans, but you can calculate your own reading speed in the app’s settings to customize articles for you. Whether you’re a speed-reader or prefer to ditch speed-reading and be more engaged Put A Brake On Speed Reading: 5 Tips To Be A More Engaged Online Reader Put A Brake On Speed Reading: 5 Tips To Be A More Engaged Online Reader The idea of speed reading has been around for decades, but there's been an explosion of speed-reading apps lately that promise to get your reading speed up. But is it worth it? Read More , this is tremendously useful. Plus, Read Ruler will also automatically add these tags to your Pocket! And you can even hide articles with a certain tag, like “video” or “comics”.

Pocket-Rocket

Pocket Rocket: Is your reading list getting too large? “Oh, I keep forgetting to check it,” you say? Pocket Rocket will send one article to your inbox every day, so that you can finally get through your list. Setup is simple; in fact, once you choose the time you want the daily email and you’ll never have to visit the site again.

IFTTT-Pocket

IFTTT: We love IFTTT, the app to set up logic-based rules for other web apps. Pocket is part of those web apps, and you can do a lot with it, like automatically tweeting anything you favorite, send items to your Kindle, and more. Read all about it in our guide to supercharge Pocket with IFTTT Supercharge Your Pocket Experience With These IFTTT Recipes Supercharge Your Pocket Experience With These IFTTT Recipes Between the two of them, Pocket and IFTTT are excellent services that do their part in making their users more productive. Pocket gives users a one-stop shop to access all of the content - articles,... Read More .

Extend Your Pocket in Chrome

Ah, Google Chrome. I hate it, I’m stuck in it I Hate Google Chrome But I'm Trapped In It. Here's Why I Hate Google Chrome But I'm Trapped In It. Here's Why In the Chrome vs. Firefox war, I'm siding with the Google users. But I don't want to. Chrome is my browser of choice because it has features that I can't live without. Read More , and these Pocket extensions are a good example of why it remains the browser of choice for so many of us. You need the Pocket app for Chrome to read offline, but apart from that, there are actually so many good Pocket extensions that it would be impossible to list them all. In any case, you shouldn’t install too many extensions 3 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Install Lots Of Browser Extensions [Opinion] 3 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Install Lots Of Browser Extensions [Opinion] We all love our browsers, and we all love the extensions that you can install with them. We love browser extensions because they allow us to do what we want our browser to do that... Read More . So here are our picks for the cream of the crop.

Accelereader

AcceleReader: We’re blown away by this extension. Nothing we’ve seen has as many options as this one. Here’s a brief list, but there’s a lot more:

The last two are especially useful, since reading time and newness of an article are two of the major factors in deciding what you read, according to Pocket founder Nate Weiner. Get this extension, you won’t be disappointed.

Save-All-Tabs-to-Pocket

Save All Tabs to Pocket: This does exactly what the name indicates. You can batch-save links to your Pocket list. Granted, tagging them becomes difficult, but it’s more convenient to batch-save and bulk-edit than to individually save and tag links.

Pro Tip: If you don’t want all your currently open tabs bookmarked, then press Ctrl/Cmd and click to select multiple tabs, drag them out as a group to open them in a new window, and then click the extension.

Pick-Pocket

PickPocket: Not an extension I use personally, but several people online recommend it. With a click, you can get a pop-up tab of your reading list, quickly open a link, and set the extension to auto-archive it when you do that. However, you won’t see your tags or preview images, which means you are basically using a chronological list of your saved links.

Do You Have a Text-to-Speech App for Pocket?

On Pocket 5 for mobile Pocket 5 For Android: A Polished Way To Save Content To Read Later Pocket 5 For Android: A Polished Way To Save Content To Read Later The Web is full of cats. Seriously, they're everywhere. So are other silly memes and many other things conspiring to steal your attention. So how do you make time to read the good stuff? Read More , you can have your articles read aloud with a built-in text-to-speech. No such luck on the web app though. Our favorite text-to-speech app SoundGecko shut down, and the alternatives aren’t that great Listen to Articles and Be Highly Productive With Text-To-Speech Software in Chrome Listen to Articles and Be Highly Productive With Text-To-Speech Software in Chrome Often the best ways to become more productive start by being lazy or limited in some way. You can't read that website right now? Just get a Chrome extension to read it to you. Read More . So do you have a web app or extension that reads your articles aloud?

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  1. Winston
    January 15, 2016 at 8:02 am

    There's also reread.io (https://www.reread.io) which is similar to PocketRocket, but with more configuration options.

  2. Saikat Basu
    August 5, 2015 at 3:56 pm

    I am just wondering if the Recommended reading feature is a bit too much from what was a simple service. One can see it as adding to our information overload.

    • Mihir Patkar
      August 6, 2015 at 8:05 am

      Naah, it really isn't. You end up discovering some cool articles this way, in fact. No one is forcing you to read them or add them to your Pocket list. Think of it as a curation service.

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